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Let us face it, in India there are more people who go for the cheaper more affordable phone than the high end flagships. Hence, atleast in India the main competition is to bring out the better budget smartphone. Sony has done a spectacular job in the lower range of the budget smartphone market with the Sony Xperia Tipo and Xperia E last year. This year, their success is dependent on the newr way on the much affordable phone as Sony Xperia E1.
Finally their whole design dynamics make their way on the much affordable Sony Xperia models as well. Wish I could say the same for build quality. Sony Xperia E1 is amazingly flat all around except for the edges where it has this inward curve of rubber to support your hands. Through it is really comfortable it pulls down the looks of the phone and does not feel that premium. Well, it is not a premium device. The phones easy to go size make it really easily portable and likeable.
Sony Xperia E1 has a very standard screen size. Sony gives you a 4 inch 480×800 pixel display. The display is simply stunning with all the colours; even though they are not natural they have a good tone to it. There is no major problem in the sharpness of the display or the viewing angles. For a budget smartphone, Sony Xperia E1 is spot on with the display and only a few would have complaints.
Sony does a fair job with the camera. Even though their primary and only camera is just 3MP it produces some really clean shots. If you want to crop photos, that might not be a great idea because 3MP is still 3MP. But naturally the shots are really likeable, nothing you would be ashamed of sharing away being slammed that your camera phone sucks. Video recording on the other hand is pretty so-so. Wish they had even put a VGA front camera rather than no camera; guess not all wishes come true.
I like Sony because their user interfaces are not over the top and yet they offer pretty good customization options. Yes they are not as featureful as a TouchWiz, maybe it is just personal choice. Sony Xperia E1 runs on the rather recent v4.3 Jelly Bean. It is all Android is and there is not much of a difference between the v4.2 and the v4.3 but you do some small miracles here and there.
Sony Xperia E1 has a very normal battery life. Samsung does a great job in this case while Sony comes up short. It will get you through 1 day of usage, no problem but that is too less for a budget smartphone (I feel so). Sony Xperia E1, is fast and has a quality processor. The 1.2GHz Qualcomm chip gives it enough juice to power most of the moderately faster apps. The 512MB RAM is a set back considering recent trends in gaming on the mobile. You get 4GB internal memory which is expandable to up to 32GB. pretty cool .
|Model ID||Xperia E1|
|SIM Type||Single SIM, GSM|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive|
|Business Features||Pushmail (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync)|
|Call Features||Conference Call, Loudspeaker|
|Operating Freq||GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100|
|OS||Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean)|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8210, Dual Core|
|Resolution||WVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels|
|Other Display Features||Senser-on-lens, Screenshot Capturing, Gesture Input, Pan and Zoom, Auto Rotation, Touch Gesture – 10 Fingers Multi-touch, Scratch-resistant – Touch Panel Cover Glass PMMA, Illumination Effect, Face Detection, Shake Control|
|Primary Camera||Yes, 3 Megapixel|
|Other Camera Features||Smooth Zoom – 4x, Geo-tagging, Image Stabiliser, Red-eye Reduction, Smile Shutter, Send to Web, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, HDR for Pictures, Quick Launch, White Balance, Self-timer, Auto Scene Recognition, Face Detection|
|Talk Time||9 hrs (2G), 8 hrs (3G)|
|Standby Time||551 hrs (2G), 454 hrs (3G)|
|MEMORY AND STORAGE|
|User Memory||2 GB|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 32 GB|
|Memory||512 MB RAM|
|INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY|
|Preinstalled Browser||Android, Google Chrome|
|GPRS||Yes, 85.6 kbps|
|EDGE||Yes, 237 kbps|
|3G||Yes, 21 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA; HSPA+|
|Wifi||Yes, 802.11 b/g/n|
|USB Connectivity||Yes, micro USB, v2|
|Tethering||USB, Wi-fi Hotspot|
|Navigation Technology||A-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps with Street View and Latitude|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4, Supported Profiles (AVRCP 1.3, OPP 1.1, HSP 1.2, GAPC / LE, FTP v1.1, A2DP 1.2, PANP 1.0, HFP 1.6, PBAP)|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Music Player||Yes, Supports SMF, OTA, ADTS, OGG, iMelody, WAV, MP3, AMR, RTTTL, RTX, FLAC, XMF|
|Video Player||Yes, Supports MP4, 3GPP, M4V, MKV, WEBM, AVI, XviD|
Movies Application, Sony Entertainment Network, WALKMAN Application, 3D Surround Sound (VPT), Clear Audio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase and Clear Stereo, TrackID Music Recognition, xLoud Experience – Audio Filter Technology from Sony, Dynamic Normaliser, PlayMemories, Noise… Read More
|Phone Book Memory||Yes|
|Sensors||Ambient Light Sensor, eCompass, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor|
3D and Motion Gaming, SensMe and SensMe Slideshow, Audio Recording, Smart Connect, SyncML, USB Charging, Handwriting Recognition, STAMINA Mode, 50 GB of Free Storage – Download Box for Android App, On-screen QWERTY Keyboard, MMS Enabled, Predictive Text Input, Walkman… Read More
|Important Apps||YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Xperia Link, Friends Application, Multiple Instant Messaging, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google Talk, Sony Select, Web Browser (WebKit), Xperia Transfer, Xperia Care, Bookmarks, Hangouts, Gmail, Google Sync|
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